Report: Vets Aren’t Receiving Benefits

    ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 05:  U.S. military veterans recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the final ceremony of the National Golden Age Games on June 5, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. Almost 800 veterans between the ages of 55 and 101 from around the United States participated in the annual 6-day event held by the Department of Veterans Affairs this year in the St Louis area. The veterans competed in a wide range of sporting and recreational events, from swimming to dominoes, many of which were qualifying events for the 2013 National Senior Games.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    It’s called “the backlog.” More than 1.3 million claims were filed last year to the Department of Veterans Affairs, double the number from 10 years ago. Even though the organization has added nearly 4,000 new workers since 2008, less than 80 percent of those claims were completed. Because of this, hundreds of thousands of veterans are either not receiving or are being forced to wait punishing lengths of time for decisions on claims for disability, pension, and educational benefits. At the start of this week, 890,000 pension and compensation claims were pending, The New York Times reports.

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